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Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bougainvillea (boo-gan-VIL-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Key West White



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage



Good Fall Color

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Elk Grove, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 12, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I grew mine (pictured) from a cutting taken at Key West, which has to be one of the great area's for growing Bougainvillea due to the dry sunny climate. The plant pictured is 5 years old. Mine is staked due to the high winds in my yard. It blew over (as all my Bougainvillea did) during the storms of "04". The bush blooms all year 'round, but it blooms much better when it's dry (in zone 10 from October through April) Excessive mositure or rain causes the bracts to fall off. There is lots of interest in all my Bougainvilleas by butterflies and bees. I find smaller butterflies especially like the small dainty flowers growing inside the bracts. The bush it can be easily trained with carefull pruning and staking.